Life with anxiety is incredibly difficult and can be very isolating and lonely. While we know a lot about anxiety and how to treat it, we are still learning more and more every day. Education is key. Recognising anxiety, the symptoms, and treatment options is important. This is the first step to taking a proactive approach to your mental health. Anxiety affects an estimated 40 million adults in the United States alone. However, only an estimated 36.9% receive treatment. According to the World Health Organisation, it’s thought that 1 in 13 people worldwide have an anxiety disorder.
What is anxiety?
First it’s important to point out that anxiety is a perfectly normal feeling that everyone experiences at some point in their lives. It can stem from work, finances, relationships, etc. It’s when it starts to interfere with your day-to-day life, hobbies and activities that it becomes worrisome. Simply put, anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. However, when it’s persistent, intense and hard to manage, it could very well be an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be a genetic thing, and while many natural things can be done to help it, may sometimes require a different kind of therapy.
What are some common symptoms of anxiety?
- nervousness, restlessness, tense
- increased heart rate
- feeling weak
- excessive worrying
- feeling agitated
- trouble concentrating
Some less common symptoms of anxiety include:
- jaw pain (Anxiety can cause you to grind or clench your teeth and jaw. This is called Bruxism.)
- sleeping problems
- sweating profusely
There are several types of anxiety disorders, and several ways to treat them.
The common anxiety disorders are generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The most common from these is generalised anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders can be genetic, but also can be impacted by personalities, environment, and trauma.
Your doctor will determine if medication is the right therapy to try, and go through the options with you. There is also cognitive-behavioural therapy that has been very helpful in coping with anxiety. Practicing mindfulness and meditation are two natural ways of coping with anxiety. Sometimes they are helpful on their own, and other times helpful with another therapy. Either way they are wonderful and healthy tools to help. Exercise, and enjoying the outdoors are also coping mechanisms that can have wonderful effects on anxiety. CBD is another way.
What is CBD?
Cannabidoil, CBD, is a product that comes from cannabis. CBD oil is made by extracting it from the cannabis plant and then diluting it with an oil, like coconut or hemp seed. CBD does not have psychoactive effects.
It has been found that CBD has many benefits all around, and many benefits in terms of coping with anxiety. The use of CBD is relatively new and studies are still being conducted. It is thought that CBD may change the way your brain receptors respond to serotonin, having a direct impact on your mental health.
Studies that were done on animals have shown that CBD can relieve stress, improve symptoms of PTSD, and help with sleep for those struggling with insomnia.
CBD oil can help with pain and discomfort as well. With anxiety having so many possible physical symptoms, it can often leave someone in a great deal of discomfort and ache, making CBD intriguing to many.
CBD can be used in a couple different ways. Orally, vaping, and topically are all very popular options. If you are new to CBD then orally may be the option to start with. Orally allows you to find and experiment with dosages. There are capsules, tincture and gummies available for you to try. Topical is fantastic for pain relief in an isolated area. This one tends to be favoured by athletes.
Similar to every other drug out there, everyone’s experiences with cbd are different, and side effects can vary.
Some side effects that have been found are dry mouth, low blood pressure, light headness and drowsiness. If you are already on other medications, definitely seek medical input to ensure your safety.
Life with anxiety can be very lonely, and definitely very hard. Ensure you have a doctor and that you maintain contact with them in an honest way so you can get the help you need. We all deserve a happy, healthy and full-quality life. That looks different for each of us, but the idea remains the same.